Relaxing Spain Yoga Retreat

The hills that lie 20 minutes north of Marbella might not be the first place you picture when you think of South East Asia, but maybe you’ve not been to Shanti Som. This boutique 14-bedroom residence beautifully blends East and West to create a zen hideaway you can reach without the jetlag. Charming and hugely welcoming, it’s the perfect haven for a yoga holiday in Spain, allowing you to return home refreshed and energized and ready to face the world with a smile.

Meet the instructors

Liz & Joanna
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  • Morning yoga sessions
  • Evening yoga sessions
  • Complimentary use of the sauna
  • Steam room and swimming pool
  • Daily healthy meals and drinks
  • 5 nights accommodation

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer available:
Málaga Airport (US$19 per person)
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  • Gym
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Parking lot

As soon as you walk through the doors of Shanti Som, you’re transported to another continent. Luxurious and decorated with dutiful care and attention, Shanti Som is stylish, tasteful and elegant with high beamed ceilings and exposed thatched roofs. Each of the bedrooms are supremely comfortable, and all with stunning en suite shower rooms. The gentle trickling of water provides the soundtrack for yoga retreats here, while the sprinkling of Buddha statues dotted around the grounds provides reminders of the venue’s Eastern inspiration.

Shanti Som offers plenty for those on yoga retreats. The spa has an excellent array of treatments and therapies; the yoga pavilion is a triumph and the hillside heated pool is a tranquil oasis to escape and recharge.

The 14 bedrooms at Shanti Som consist of 12 premium rooms and two junior suites, making it a beautiful boutique hotel near Marbella, but certainly well away from everyday life. The 14 rooms have been individually designed with attention to detail including marble luxury bathrooms, fine linens, flat-screen tv, and stylish furnishings and accessories including bath amenities, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, safe deposit box, air-conditioning, heating, etc.

The private terrace or balcony is the ideal place to relax and absorb the surrounding nature of the pine forest and mountains. The suites are a private heaven with four poster beds, fine linens and soft furnishings, large terraces overlooking the oriental gardens.

Yoga at Shanti Som

At Shanti Som in the warmer months guests can enjoy an invigorating yoga session outdoors in their beautiful, open yoga shala with mountain views, or inside you can descend from the hotel to the calm of the spa to find the hidden yoga studio with Asian inspired décor and pretty garden views. In the corner guests can find a small alter for those wanting to dedicate their practice or set an intention for the session. This yoga space is a must experience for those wanting an authentic yoga retreat without travelling too far from the UK. All equipment is provided so there is no need to bring your own.


There will be morning and evening classes every day. Between classes, you can walk in the countryside, relax by the pool, treat yourself to a massage in the spa, or enjoy a session in the steam room or sauna.


  • Yoga with Liz Lark - December 29, 2018 to January 3, 2019
  • Yoga with Joanna Najduch - November 1 to 6, 2019
  • Yoga with Liz Lark - December 29, 2019 to January 3, 2020

Sample day

  • 08:00 Energizing yoga
  • 10:30 Breakfast
  • 17:30 Restorative yoga
  • 19:45 Dinner


Liz Lark
Liz has been teaching yoga since the 1990s, training first with the British Wheel of Yoga. Absorbed in the health and balance of the body and mind through alignment, gesture, breathing, sequencing, and relaxation, her inspiration comes from the series of Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition and other Hatha yoga practices, including yoga Nidra. Liz adapts yoga postures for each individual in order to chisel into their form and help to sculpt and free each unique body.
Joanna Najduch
Union Yoga, Shanti Griha (Ashtanga Yoga)
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)
Joanna's love of dynamic, flowing sequences led her to pursue the Ashtanga yoga teacher training, which she completed in 2004 with Brian Cooper and Nawajyoti at Union Yoga in Edinburgh and Shanti Griha in Scoraig, Scotland. She continues to deepen her yoga practice and draws inspiration from workshops and intensives with a wide range of well-known yogis. She holds a 300-hour certification in Prana Flow Energetic Vinyasa yoga with Shiva Rea and has also completed the intensive Yogabeats teacher training with David Sye.

Retreat location

Nestled in the midst of nature, surrounded by the Sierra de las Nieves Nature Park, it brings together elements of Balinese architecture and Oriental gardens creating a slice of luxurious eastern style within easy traveling time from Europe's major cities. Tucked away in a shallow valley, surrounded by rolling hills and open countryside, Shanti Som lets you escape the hustle and bustle of modern life and immerse yourself in all things healthy and peaceful.


During yoga holidays, the menu is created around healthy, nutritious food that mirrors the landscape it has been made in. Total detoxification for both body and mind.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

Spa treatments

Absolute mother-to-be ritual

This package includes welcome drink, oriental steam room, body scrub, nourishing massage for a mother-to-be, rejuvenating facial, and herbal tea and homemade cookies. The price for this treatment is 220 EUR for two hours 30 minutes.

Complete balance and harmony

This package includes welcome drink, oriental steam room, body scrub, nourishing massage for a mother-to-be, rejuvenating facial, and herbal tea and homemade cookies. The price for this treatment is 240 EUR for two hours 30 minutes.

Complete spa detox

This package includes welcome drink, oriental steam room, meditation and visualization, balancing facial, and herbal tea and homemade cookies. The price for this treatment is 260 EUR for two hours.

Spa ritual

This package includes welcome drink, oriental steam room, massage of your choice, anti-aging facial, and herbal tea and homemade cookies. The price for this treatment is 200 EUR for two hours and 30 minutes.

What's included

  • Daily yoga classes
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Brunch and dinner every day
  • Water with meals
  • Herbal tea in room
  • Free wi-fi in communal areas
  • Free use of the sauna, steam room and pool (not heated)

What's not included

  • Excursions
  • Flights
  • Additional food and beverages
  • 1-to-1 sessions
  • Laundry
  • Massages
  • Other activities
  • Personal insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Málaga Airport (AGP). Transfer from and to the airport is 15 GBP each way.

Airport: Málaga Airport Airport transfer available: Málaga Airport (US$19 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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